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Peter W. Stott HD ’11
Peter W. Stott HD ’11

Peter W. Stott HD ’11 received two distinctions this year—the Horatio Alger Association made him a lifetime member and Portland State’s athletics program retired jersey number 18 in his honor.

Peter is one of just three Oregonians to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. He was inducted into the association at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in April, joining Harry Merlo and Delford M. Smith as the only other Oregonians to be so honored. Named for the author who encouraged hard work, courage and honesty, the award recognizes leaders who overcame early adversity and are committed to helping students pursue their dreams of a college education.

Growing up in a large family where money was tight, Peter learned the value of hard work. As a student at Portland State, he used his savings and a loan from a professor to buy his first long-haul truck. Within two years, the young entrepreneur had founded a trucking and logistics services company and then went on to create other successful businesses.

At this year’s Wine and Roses fundraiser for athletic scholarships, former Viking Neil Lomax presented Peter with a number 18 jersey—representing the 18-wheelers of Peter’s first business venture.

Peter and his wife Julie are philanthropic leaders in Portland and received PSU’s Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy in 2001. Peter is a trustee of both the PSU Foundation and PSU and received an honorary doctorate in 2011. He has supported many aspects of the athletics program over the years, including major contributions to develop the Stott Community Field and refurbish the Peter W. Stott Center athletics facility.

He currently serves as the chair of the Viking Pavilion campaign.